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IN Flashback2016 ON 14 Oct, 2016
"Bob Dylan is one of the iconic musicians America has ever produced, his impact on contemporary music is fervent."
Bob Dylan, he is not just a man, but an entire culture in his own. From Hollywood to Bollywood and from north pole to south pole you'll hardly find any human who doesn't know him. He is the man who re-wrote the American history. The man who introduced Beatles to Marijuana and the man of achievements.
His journey to Nobel Prize wasn't easy; no journey is ever easy, but there's something about Bob Dylan that you should know, even if you know him. Bringing to you the rebellious, yet most celebrated songwriter and winner of Nobel Prize in Literature 2016, Bob Dylan's Journey To Nobel Prize From 1961 to 2016.
"It rarely happens, when a man gets an award, and it is the award that feels the honor."
Sit back and relax, get away from the noisy place and concentrate here, you're about to witness a story of a man who is honored by the Nobel Prize in Literature '16.
May 1941: Robert Allan Zimmerman, a child born to Lithuanian and Russian immigrants. His parents had no idea that they have given birth to a legend, icon, and people didn't know that it will be a Russian immigrant to re-write the American history.
1961: After growing up, he arrived in New York to sing at Cafe Wha? And that's when he met his first fan Woody Guthrie, the man who saw a rebel in Robert Zimmerman. When Guthrie approached for a talk to Robert, he got to know that both of them have loved each other work. It was a great start at work for Mr. Zimmerman.
Talent scout John Hammond got him into the Columbia records company where he signed his first record contract. By this time, Robert Allan Zimmerman has already changed his name to Bob Dylan, reportedly after the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, and wrote pro typical classic song "Blowin in the Wind," his most famous work.
Fact: When Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historical "I have a dream..." speech, Dylan was on the stage with him.
He released his second album 'Freewheelin Bob Dylan,' an instant exemplary hit.
"The World Is My Stage."
And came out his another 'The times they're a-changin' album, and it established him as a protest singer. Bob Dylan's impact on canvas of American music is exceptional, he not only inspired the generations of songwriters; rather he went beyond them.
The only thing that you remember about Bob Dylan from 1965 is that he got married to Sara Lownds in a ceremony that was attended by only two people.
Called 'Judas' for using an electric guitar, and even met with an accident near Woodstock while riding his bike.
His youngest baby, Jakob was born in 1969 and has grown up to become a musician in his right.
'All-star concert for Bangladesh refugees.'
On Sunday, 1 August 1971, the show was organized, it took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The primary motive of this was to raise awareness around the world and fund relief efforts for refugees, following the Bangladesh Liberation War-related genocide.
There comes a moment in the life of an artist where they surrender themselves to alcohol and frustrations of being a public image. It affects not only their health but also personal life. Sara filed for a divorce citing Dylan's bizarre behavior a reason.
A Jesus cross was also thrown on him while he was performing in 1978. And two years later, he won his 1st Grammy award. This win of him had shut the mouth of all his haters forever. He also started another tour, but it failed completely, maybe it was because Sara wasn't there with him to support.
'The Never-Ending Tour' took off with him playing his longest ever gig in Connecticut, playing 50 songs in 5 hours. During the tour, many musicians have come and gone, but the band stood still and evolved. They have a massive fan base, and some fans have traveled around the world to attend every possible concert of Dylan's tour.
Bob Dylan won Grammy Awards for the lifetime achievement in the year 1991. He thanked his fans and lord for it.
"All his life, he entertained the whole world, but things changed and the world started to give him back all his love... As a great surprise."
Bob Dylan wins his first ever Oscar for the original song and composition 'Things Have Changed.' He had written this song for the film 'Wonder Boys.' Bob Dylan also received Golden Globe Award for the same song.
In the year 2012, Bob won the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016, he won his 12th Grammy Award for the best historical album 'The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete.'
We are reading this, but this man has lived this life and is still breathing it. It's an honor for me that I am alive when Bob Dylan received his Nobel Prize in Literature. Here comes a time, 13th October 2016, when the award was honored to have Bob Dylan. Making him the second human to win both an Oscar and Nobel Prize. The first person was George Bernard Shaw.